Davao: A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck off the Philippine’s Mindanao island on Saturday, sending hotel guests and construction workers running from buildings in Davao.
The US Geological Survey said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.5, struck at 6.53am (8.53am AEST) and was centred 114 km east of Davao on Mindanao.
It was a deep tremor, 69 km below the seabed, and was not expected to cause a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said. There were no immediate reports of damage
A magnitude 6.3 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage, but Renato Solidum, head of the Philippines’ seismic agency, said the effects of this one would be mitigated by its location and depth.
“The quake is offshore and relatively deep and shaking is reported to be maximum of Intensity V, hence we expect no significant damage,” Solidum said.
Dave Cabrera, a security guard at Hotel Uno in downtown Davao, said the quake was felt strongly in the city.